Finally, it might be said, they are at peace. They are carnal: Sex for them is a mysterious, sometimes dangerous balm. They have it, crave it. They become pregnant, give birth.
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Roxane Gay at National Book Festival | Season 4 Episode 2 | Book View Now | PBS
The people in these stories are tired of the assumptions, tired of everyone getting their stories wrong. The stories create conversations that travel back and forth between Haiti and America to challenge the overpowering news narratives that undermine the beauty, desire, and resilience of the Haitian diaspora. The stories vary in length, and in each Roxane Gay illustrates how expansive the short story form can be. While some stories cinch an idea into two pages, another develops over 45 pages. The structures for her stories are novel and purposeful.
It is stinking hot, the kind of hot where it feels like even my eyeballs are sweating and I want nothing more than to jump into the salty water of the ocean for respite. I am watching my lover because it is too dangerous to do anything but watch. Her face is thin and drawn but when her fingers dance across a trinket she likes, her eyes light up and the muscles in her shoulders relax. I imagine that she is imagining what it would be like to own these petty items she covets.
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